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On March 31st, a 21-year old American student and her companion, believed to be her boyfriend, boarded a mini-bus in, in Rio de Janeiro. Later, three men boarded the bus, handcuffed the victims, forced everyone else off, beat the male, then made him watch as they brutally beat and gang-raped the young woman. Six hours later, the victims were left in a small town 30 miles away. All three suspects have been arrested. A young Brazilian woman has also identified the same men as being her rapists, a week prior to this incident. Her case was slow to be investigated --until now.

This story sounds much too similar to the gang rape and murder of a young university student in New Delhi, India, last December. She and her male companion were on a bus, both beaten, she was gang-raped, then both left on the street to die. And she did - die.  

We only, occasionally, hear about rape crimes when they 'catch the news' and become high profile stories such as these, and that of the 16-year old girl who was gang-raped in Steubenville, Ohio, while unconscious.

In reality, rape occurs worldwide, every minute of every day to females of all ages, as well as young men and boys.

The public is outraged. That's good. That's a start. And a massive campaign called, Unite Against Rape, has been launched in the U.S., to support all rape victims/survivors, as well as to create discourse, worldwide, regarding this horrendous and brutal crime. Even better. It’s clear that education and awareness are needed in order to create solutions. For more information about the campaign:

If you've been raped or sexually assaulted, please seek help:
Call: National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1.800.656.HOPE

Other Facebook groups/organizations addressing the issues of sexual assault and rape along with women's rights, include:
Rape Victim Advocates:
Rape Is Never Justified:
Fight Laws Against Women:
One Million Pissed Off Women:

As a rape survivor, I stand with, Unite Against Rape, and all survivors of rape and sexual abuse.~Leslie Salzillo, Writer of this Daily Kos Dairy

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    Join the worldwide movement, 'Unite Against Rape' to support all survivors and victims of sexual abuse; and bring more awareness to the problems of our rape culture. (www.facebook/UniteWomen)

    by Leslie Salzillo on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 04:05:21 AM PDT

  •  As bad as it is (9+ / 0-)

    to read about these crimes day after day I'm glad to see this is finally getting the attention it deserves.
    I hope they lock them up and throw away the key. Rape is worse than murder because we have to live with it for the rest of our lives. It permeates every corner of our soul.

    El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

    by mint julep on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 05:00:17 AM PDT

  •  There should be some mechanism to help (3+ / 0-)

    people intervene in violent crimes like this.

    rather than just having to be victimized by people.

    How did they force people off the bus? Were they armed?

    If they didn't have guns there are options.

    I'll imagine that please and thank you you weren't useful.

    People who rape should be......sequestered from society permanently.

    And more people should learn self-defense and understand if you are going to get hurt anyway, fight.

    it's OK.

    God helps those who help themselves, remember.

    The rest of my sentiments are forbidden at Daily Kos.

    •  Why is it that bad people should get away with (2+ / 0-)
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      Leslie Salzillo, Randtntx

      bad shit? Why can't good people get away with good shit?

    •  only problem with fighting back is that many (3+ / 0-)

      people may be outweighed by a factor of 2x or may have heart disease or COPD for example or have any number of conditions which would militate against active resistance.  Sometimes passive acceptance is the best bet for getting out of a situation alive  

    •  What BS - So God is not on the side of a rape (1+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh

      victim who does not fight back?  when not fighting back may be what saves someone's life in some instances?

      yeah, why didn't you just add that every female should be carrying?

      I so want to HR this - in my opinion, it definitely meets the criteria of 'being a dick'.  If others agree, I will.

      Wish you would have cut your sentiments a few sentences shorter.

      "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

      by MRA NY on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 08:26:03 AM PDT

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      •  You need a deep breath. And maybe a walk outside. (1+ / 0-)
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        Did you see the word "gun" in there? I asked if bad guys were armed but nowhere do you see me suggest guns.

        I think you hallucinated it in your hyper-moral agitation.

        I fail to see a problem: people CAN benefit from some self-defense training. it's not perfect but why would a person want to have less resources rather than more?

        Make sure to complain to the admins about my horribleness. That shows real class.

      •  MRA NY: Cowardice alone is never a good defense (2+ / 0-)
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        xxdr zombiexx, andalusi

        I believe everyone should have self-defense skills, and use them.
        Civilized people don't fight back? Thugs just love that.
        Check out how well it works in arenas like finance and politics.

        Think about the story of the Good Samaritan, please.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 09:47:38 AM PDT

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  •  As painful as it is (3+ / 0-)

    we have to shine a light on all this brutality.

    Every parent on this planet should join in helping to stop this insane behavior.  American parents could help by taking a stand against warlike behavior and brutality in all of its guises.
    We could start by cleaning up our own act; a tall order I know. I don't see any alternative though. Do we really want to create hell on this beautiful planet? Because that is what we are doing.

    As Chris Hedges points out in his new book, Americans have created their own multiple pockets of hell all around the country. He calls them sacrifice zones. Places where rape and brutality are the norm.

    I just have to believe we can do better than this.

  •  Chris Hedges new book (5+ / 0-)

    is called Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. I intended to included it in the comment above.

    It seems to me that we are traveling down the path of destruction at a really fast clip.

  •  As a teacher, I am afraid for my students. For (5+ / 0-)

    the girls who graduate that will go to college from our small rural areas not very wise with the world. Not saying rape doesn't happen here because I know it does. I am saying it is not dealt with very well.

    Afraid for the boys because they have grown up in a very macho culture where dominance is rewarded. They are often the ones without the sense to stop and not understanding the coercion is rape.

    Thirty years ago in college I was part of group project that studied rape on campus. I was astounded that the biggest culprit of rape is a boyfriend/acquaintance. More recent studies put stranger rape, the type of rape that gets the headlines as only 10-20%.

    Over the years I have done a rape talk in my communication class. The last few years, as I have aged, I have not done so. I need to put it back in the lesson plans.

    Thanks for all the people that are bringing the awareness up to where it needs to be. Rape is a horrendous thing that we don't take seriously.

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